F.C. Campbell's 38-year career at The Boeing Company was divided between engineering and manufacturing. He worked in the engineering laboratories, manufacturing research and development, as well as engineering on four production aircraft programs, and in production operations. At the time of his retirement in 2007, he was a Senior Technical Fellow in the field of structural materials and manufacturing technology. He has written or edited many books for ASM International, including Structural Composite Materials, Elements of Metallurgy and Engineering Alloys, and several titles in the Understanding the Basics series.